16 January 2014

Glassdoor's best employers for 2014 include many with Asian offices

Glassdoor, a community where people share salaries and inside information about their employers, released the results for its sixth annual Employees’ Choice Awards, honouring the 50 Best Places to Work, and new for 2014, the 50 Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work For.

Most of the companies and employees which use Glassdoor are based in the US, so feedback may not be quite the same in our region. Some of the companies which have won awards may not have a presence in Asia either, but many do. 

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 Of the top ten employers with 1,000 or more employees, Bain was listed no. 1 with a 4.6 star rating out of a maximum of 5 stars. A Glassdoor user is quoted saying "Drive real changes to solve big problems, while learning a ton and having a clear career path." The company has 14 offices in the Asia Pacific region, Bangkok, Mumbai, Singapore and Tokyo among them.

In second place, Twitter. The company lists Singapore, Sydney, Seoul, and Tokyo among its international office locations, and Glassdoor gives it a 4.6-star rating as well.

LinkedIn is in third place, also with 4.6 stars. LinkedIn opened its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore in 2011. In Asia Pacific, LinkedIn has a presence in nine cities, Bangalore, Hong Kong and Melbourne among them. 

Google, which seems to be on every job-seeker's wishlist, is rated no. 8 on the list, with 4.3 stars, and Apple is ranked 35th with 3.8 stars. Both have Asian offices as well. Google is in 16 cities in Asia and the Pacific, from Australia to China, India, Malaysia and Thailand (and of course Singapore). Apple lists 547 jobs in 13 countries and territories in Asia Pacific at the time of writing, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore and Japan among them. 

While the tech industry dominates in the top 10, there are companies from other industries as well. Travel conglomerate Orbitz Worldwide and Nestle Purina Petcare were ranked 9th and 10th respectively. 

Orbitz mentions a Sydney office on its website, and current job openings include vacancies in Bangalore, Sydney, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Nestle Purina Petcare's Asia, Oceania and Africa headquarters are in Sydney, Australia, while the Nestle group is present in 17 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, including China, Korea, Singapore and Vietnam.